Welcome to I love appliqué – today we’re going to talk about one of the foundational elements of the appliqué process: the stitch. To stitch the appliqué in place you will need to make a small slipstitch along the folded edge of the appliqué shape. I like to start my stitching by knotting my thread and slipping into the fold of the appliqué shape.
Place the needle into the background fabric next to where it came up through the appliqué. Catch a small amount of background fabric as you guide the needle into the edge of the appliqué. Try to only catch a few threads of the appliqué when you bring your needle up through the shape as shown.
Keep your stitches close together so that the edge of the appliqué remains smooth. A good stitch spacing to aim for is 10 to 12 stitches per inch.
To finish I bring the needle to the back of the block, take a small stitch into the background fabric behind the appliqué and use this stitch to make a knot as shown.
I like to tuck this thread behind the appliqué by threading my needle in between the background fabric and the appliqué and pulling it up through the background fabric a small distance from the knot. I cut the thread at the background fabric to prevent any thread tails from showing through.